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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: February Recommendations for Kids

Monday, February 2, 2009

February Recommendations for Kids


A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker - Bear does NOT want visitors, but the persistent Mouse keeps popping up in the most unexpected places. The amusing illustrations of grumpy Bear and the perky friendly Mouse make for a fun story of the development of friendship, just in time for Valentine's Day.

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo - Ten year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted some magical excitement. Jesse finds a rock which speaks to him, and he brings it home. Jesse and Daisy become Dragon Keepers when a baby dragon explosively hatches in Jesse's sock drawer. To their dismay, a suspicious herpetologist in a long black coat at the College of Mining and Science claims the dragon. Can they rescue their pert new friend?

Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival by Richard Farr - A fictionalized memoir based on Apsely Cherry-Garrard's "The Worst Journey in the World," details his survival in an icy Antarctic wilderness. Chosen from over 8,000 applicants, 'Cherry' considered himself lucky and volunteered for the infamous "Winter Journey" in 1911, a harrowing month long trek to collect emperor penguin eggs. Persisting through the worst possible conditions, the incredible, inspiring story continues to astonish as one considers the limits of human endurance. Cherry wrote that those two terrible, grueling years in the South, with all their physical and mental suffering, were the best in his long life.

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton - Splat the cat has a special Valentine for Kitten. He likes her more than ice cream and fishsticks, but when he meets her his tongue turns to jelly, and his legs wobble like rubber. Will she be his Valentine?


The Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce Which Royal Rumors are True by Carilyn Beccia - So, if Louis, XIV, King of France was only 5'4" in his stocking feet, how could he tower over his subjects at an unheard of 6'10"? He wore six-inch red heels and a twelve-inch-high wig! Was Henry VIII, King of England so fat that he had to be carried by his servants? Find out in this unusual look at history.

African Critters by Robert B. Haas - Breathtaking, full-page photos and stories of animals from the African wilderness by a National Geographic photographer.


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